7 Ways Big Adventures Can Help You On Your Next Job Application

©istockphoto/PoparticWhether you spent a sum­mer bag­ging every four­teen­er in the Rocky Moun­tains or you walked across the coun­try com­plet­ing a Nation­al Scenic Trail, these expe­ri­ences that define the way you think can also define the way poten­tial employ­ers see you as a poten­tial employee.

Though the job-seek­ing process is a far cry from what your adven­ture stood for, if you ever do want to step up to that dream orga­ni­za­tion and pri­mo posi­tion you’ve been striv­ing for, a big adven­ture can help you stand out in the play­ing field. While it always helps to apply towards an orga­ni­za­tion with sim­i­lar out­door val­ues, if you do need a lit­tle help sell­ing your case, check out these ways any big adven­ture can help you on your next job application.

Plan­ning, Orga­ni­za­tion, and Atten­tion to Detail 
Any­one who has loaded climb­ing gear into the back of a vehi­cle knows the val­ue of orga­ni­za­tion, plan­ning and the impor­tance of being detailed. That’s because in many ways in the out­doors, your life depends on it. Beyond the sticky notes and col­or-cod­ed manil­la envelopes, when you put your­self out in the back­coun­try, on top of the rock or any­where where mod­ern con­ve­niences don’t apply, it’s your plan­ning, orga­niz­ing and atten­tion to detail that helps keep you safe.

Pas­sion­ate and Value-Driven 
Per­haps you plunged into the wilder­ness to pho­to­graph the nat­ur­al world, or you scaled the high­est moun­tain to know if you could do it, what­ev­er the rea­son, there is an iden­ti­fi­able spark of life that push­es you for­ward. It takes more than nails to build a house, it requires a relent­less swing of the ham­mer that comes from these pas­sions and val­ues. With that kind of enthu­si­asm and the right posi­tion you are apply­ing for, many things are possible.

Works Well with Others
Send­ing mes­sages back to base­camp, ensur­ing cor­dial con­tact with your climb­ing part­ners, even know­ing how to ask for that last scoop of peanut-but­ter, a key to any suc­cess­ful expe­di­tion is the abil­i­ty to work well with oth­ers. Even the most self-dri­ven, high­ly-capa­ble adven­tur­er relies on oth­ers, or more appro­pri­ate­ly on his/her rela­tion­ship with oth­ers. Whether you lead with a joke or cut straight to the point, com­mu­ni­cat­ing and sur­viv­ing togeth­er in the out­doors is a bal­anc­ing act between hear­ing and speak­ing, and can be a huge addi­tion to any com­pa­ny or position.

Self-Moti­va­tion, Deter­mi­na­tion, Tenacity
Your dri­ve for life is set on high, after all, what else could have pushed you to that final mile and beyond the fin­ish line? For some it’s cof­fee, oth­ers it’s tea, but it is the rush of a brand new day that gets you out of bed and one step clos­er to your goals. Giv­en the right direc­tion to fol­low, and the sup­port at your side, with your demon­strat­ed self-moti­va­tion, deter­mi­na­tion and tenac­i­ty behind you, you can take any busi­ness that extra distance.

Crit­i­cal Think­ing Abilities 
Remem­ber that time the bridge was out? Or when your tent poles broke under the weight of the overnight snow? Or how about that time mice got into your food bag and killed a few day’s sup­plies? While every­one has been in a sit­u­a­tion that wasn’t includ­ed in the plans, for many instances it didn’t mean game over. Instead, by eval­u­at­ing the ele­ments, assess­ing the assets and mak­ing a most-informed deci­sion, plans have changed and obsta­cles hur­dled. This kind of think­ing-on-your-toes abil­i­ty is valu­able in all aspects of life and career.

Phys­i­cal and Men­tal Capabilities
If you are apply­ing for a job that would require some phys­i­cal move­ment, then rid­ing your bike across the coun­try or swim­ming across Lake Michi­gan is a clear exam­ple of your abil­i­ties. The oth­er side of things, the part that doesn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly have such tan­gi­ble def­i­n­i­tions as miles ran or ver­ti­cal climbed, is the men­tal capa­bil­i­ties that pushed you for­ward. You might describe it as fool-hearty or as a lack of com­mon sen­si­bil­i­ty when it’s day 13 of pour­ing-down rain and your thigh mus­cles feel like bal­loons about to pop, but in the end, your are stronger from these expe­ri­ences, both phys­i­cal­ly and mentally.

Char­ac­ter Building
It all seems to boil down to this, such easy words to use but a hard con­cept to tru­ly under­stand. Big adven­tures have a way of rear­rang­ing some of the hard-wiring in our brains, infus­ing new capa­bil­i­ties and per­spec­tives with every step and turn of the wheel. It can be sub­tle, like a beard try­ing to grow, but the per­son you become after a big trip is dif­fer­ent from the per­son who start­ed one. Whether it was the plen­ti­ful exer­cise or the insight­ful moments, per­haps even just the ego-boost from an accom­plish­ment, that per­son you are now because of your big adven­ture is the per­fect can­di­date for your dream job or position.